Overview: Keyboard Remapper

Terminal keyboards are different than computer keyboards. For example, many terminal keyboards have a Transmit key, which computer keyboards do not have. To enable a computer to communicate with a host in the same way as a terminal, each viewer has a built-in set of default keystrokes that perform terminal functions. For example, you might perform Transmit by pressing the Enter key. In addition, some viewers come with keyboard maps. A keyboard map is a file that defines what function each key on a computer keyboard performs. For example, the F2 key might be mapped to perform Transmit. The viewer configuration determines which keyboard map is used (if any).

The Keyboard Remapper includes the Actions Tree—an expandable list of keystroke actions—in the left frame, and a keyboard layout in the right frame. Keystroke actions send keystrokes to the active application on the host. By mapping specific actions to keyboard keys, you create shortcuts that reduce the amount of time it takes to perform a task.

Note Remapping keyboards is slightly different if you are working with Express Terminals. For help with Express Terminals, see Express Terminal Keyboard Remapper, Overview.

The Actions Tree

Right-click any action in the Actions tree to access the available commands. You can view properties for, or replicate an action to create a customizable action. If you view the properties of an action, the Keystrokes Action page appears, and displays a description and indicates which keys the action sends to the host. You will not be allowed to edit keystrokes reserved by the operating system. You can, however, copy a keystroke action and edit that.

You cannot modify Command Actions, only Keystroke Actions. For more information about how to create or modify keystroke actions, see Creating a Keystroke Action.

Note To return to the Keyboard Remapper from the Keystrokes Action page, click Keyboard, the top level item in the Actions Tree.

The Keyboard Layout Map

You can drag command or keystroke actions to the layout map to map host functions to your PC keyboard keys. From this page you can also change the keyboard type and the keyboard language, as well as load the default keyboard map.

Caution You should decide which keyboard type and keyboard language you want to use before mapping any keys. When you change the keyboard type, the last saved keyboard map is loaded and all unsaved mapped actions are removed from the keys. When you change the keyboard language, the default keyboard map is loaded and all non-default actions are removed from the keys.

For more information about how to map actions to keys, see Mapping an Action to a Key. To remove actions, see Removing an Action from a Key.

Related Topics
Bullet Managing EXTRA! Terminal Viewers, Overview
Bullet Creating a Keystroke Action
Bullet Mapping an Action to a Key
Bullet Removing an Action from a Key
Bullet Express Terminal Keyboard Remapper, Overview